Es Calo and Ses Platgetes
Before the La Savina port was developed, Es Calo Formentera was the island’s main harbour. Although just 100 feet (30m) across it was selected by the Romans to export figs, and later as a place for the residents of La Mola to drop anchor. In fact, the village gets its name of Es Calo de Sant Agusti from the fact that the monks from La Mola used to moor their boats here, before heading up Cami Roma to their monastery. Right up until the 1920s it was used for shipping sandstone, charcoal and wood. Today you will see that is still used by a number of fishing boats, and as an old fisherman’s town it has the best fish restaurants in town: Pascual and Can Rafalet.
Since the northern coast is windier and rockier than that on the south, tourists often start their day here, and then cross the road to Mitjorn if the winds get up. The rocks beneath the water are home to some interesting marine life so you should get your snorkel out before heading up to the white sands of Ses Platgetes.
Ses Platgetes is just five minutes away from Es Calo and in addition to its white beaches has some decent dunes protecting you from winds, and great views of the La Mola cliffs.
For a good day trip you can go to Es Calo Formentera, enjoy a coffee at the harbour and a walk along Ses Platgetes, before taking Cami Roma to the El Mirador restaurant. Take in its views across the isthmus while you have lunch, and then back track to Es Calo.